Paloh Khoo Miu Temple also known as Ipoh Chinese Tai Pak Koong Temple which means the Old Paloh Chinese Temple. It is said to be the oldest Chinese temple in Ipoh by the locals was the first temple that exists even before Ipoh got its name in Perak. located in Kampung Paloh, on the west bank of the Kinta River, just south of Hugh Low Bridge, the name Paloh was originally mean tin miner where the tin miner was controlled around Ipoh since the early 19th century, more than a century ago.
It is being said that the temple was a favourite spot to give thanks for a safe journey as soon as the immigrants arrived by boat or to pray for a safe trip home before leaving.
Driving through a decorated archway, visitors can park in the designated lots in the temple grounds. One will be greeted by a pair of auspicious stone sentry lions guarding its main entrance. Upon entering, its sunlit main hall is flanked by the eight bronze ceremonial weaponry.
The temple built in 1872 by Leong Fi who also known as Liang Bi BU from Mei Xian, Guangdong Territory in China. Originally, the temple was built with wood and a roof. In 1894, an upgrading work was done with the decorative roof ridge, the temple bell and gong and the stone lions.
Pa Lo Old Temple is Ipoh’s oldest Chinese temple. Dedicated to Tua Pek Kong or the founding spirit of the Chinese settlement, originally stood closer to the river bank. Yau Tet Shin was one of the main sponsors of the present temple building, which has many items dating from 1984, including the decorative roof ridge, the temple bell and gong and the stone lions.
Informally known as “Ipoh Chinese Tai Pak Koong Temple”, this temple celebrates its 144th anniversary in 2016. According to history, the resident deity, Tai Pak Koong (God of Prosperity) was first brought to settle at the spot by the bank of Kinta River in 1872 from a temple in Hai Zhu Island, an island near Penang, by Leong Fee. However, it was only after more than two decades, in 1894, that a proper temple was erected. Over the years, the temple had undergone a few renovations till what it is today. The festival of Tai Pak Koong (God of Prosperity) is celebrated grandly annually on the 16th day of the second lunar month in the Chinese calendar.
In the past, free medical consultation and medication were offered to the poor. Now, the temple offers free lunch to the homeless, thanks to generous support from sponsors. Also the temple committee had donated the land adjacent to the temple grounds to the Perak Chinese Girls Primary School. The school is known as SJK (C) Ipoh, Perak.
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